EP 146: Jakob Herrmann – The Anatomy of Great Drum Tones

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Jakob Herrmann works within a lot of different music styles, and has earned a wide reputation for his skills in drum recording and album producing as well as his great ear for song arrangements and pre-production. Jakob has worked as producer, engineer, and drum tech on a large number of albums, and has provided material for plugins and software companies such as Superior Drummer/EZdrummer (Toontrack), Softube, Centipeak, Addictive Drums (XLN), etc.

Jakob Herrmann runs his day-to-day operations from the top floor of Stora Teatern, a mid-17th century building just off one of Gothenburg’s busiest streets. In there, you’ll either find him recording, mixing or producing a new record, maintaining his arsenal of gear or touching up his collection of drums.


  • Why sounds are different in the room vs. in the recording
  • Tuning for the mics, not the room
  • Understanding what artists really mean when they describe the sounds they want
  • How to mic a china cymbal properly
  • Mic overhead techniques to achieve width
  • How to reduce sustain, but preserve overtones
  • Why ring is actually a good thing
  • Why “Back In Black” is the best song to soundcheck with
  • Recording drums after other instruments
  • The importance of pre-production
  • To use drum samples or not?
  • Using programmed drums to blend with natural drums

To learn more about Jakob Herrmann, visit: http://topfloorstudios.com/

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